EC schedules public forum on draft charter on Jan 10th, 2016

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BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 – The Election Commission of Thailand (EC) has disclosed that a public forum on the draft charter will be held at the beginning of next year on January 10.

EC Chairman Suphachai Somcharoen said the forum is a key mechanism for Thais to share their point of view regarding the content of the draft charter.

The EC has already scheduled the forum and preparations are now underway. The forum will be held for only one day, and there will be no similar forums for Thai citizens living overseas.

Participants will be asked a series of questions from the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) and the National Reform Council (NRC). The number of questions will also depend on the Cabinet’s decision.

The questions will be easy to understand and impartial. The Cabinet is expected to submit the draft charter to the EC only when the NRC has endorsed it on September 4.

If the forum is to take place on January 10, then the EC is required to publish the draft constitution in October and complete the delivery of its copies to homes before December.